Wednesday, July 1, 2015

07/01/15 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 1st, and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day, and the best in free-form community programming week-nights and weekends.

I’m Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for tuning in!
Here’s some of what’s happening in our area this week:

In New Haven tonight, Cafe Nine presents Dan & Dans Comedy Open Mic. Thursday’s headliner is Undercliff. Friday’s Wind-down Happy Hour artist is Chris Merk, followed later by The Hound, and Tyrone Shoelaces. On Saturday it’s the Big Fat CafĂ© 9 BBQ with a Rhythm & Blues Marathon, starting at 4. Sunday’s usual Soul Service is at 8.

Up in Hartford, Black-eyed Sally’s presents the Wednesday Blues Jam featuring Ray Morant this week. On Friday it’s singer/songwriter Eran Troy Danner, with Jake Kulak & The Lowdown, bringing you blues, swing, dance, and more.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Joe Michelini, and Jack + Eliza at Bar in New Haven. Thursday, they headline Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven

Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, brings Bob Gotta’s longstanding acoustic Open Mic. Friday they’ve got the Nu Band, with special guest German guitarist Erhard Hirt, bringing you improvisational jazz. Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. Sunday night it’s comedy with the Great Make Believe Improv Show. The Hearing Voices Network meets weekly on Monday morning at 10:30. The July art exhibit features the photography of Jennifer Misseri.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, On Thursday it’s the Local Rock Showcase, starting at 6:15. Friday you can enjoy the Bright Night 20: Electro Glo Party, with DJ’s spinning in two rooms.

The Middletown Scottish Country Dancers meet Wednesday at First Church on Court St. Partners not necessary. Call 860-347-0278 for details.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford now offers free admission every Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. It’s free as well this Saturday as part of their Second Saturdays for Families series.

There’s an opening reception for the painting and glass collage exhibit "On the Diagonal" by Nancy Eisenfeld this Thursday at 5 at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center in Middletown.

You can take a free tour of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arc every Thursday at noon in Bushnell Park in Hartford. More information is available at

The annual Middletown Fireworks Festival takes place on Friday starting at 4, at two locations: Harbor Park and the City Hall lawn. Enjoy music by Shaded Soul and Prelude, along with food and family fun. The festival has expanded fireworks this year, accompanied by music by the Middletown Symphonic Band. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they’ve got Lotus Land – The American RUSH Tribute, this Friday at 8. On Sunday at 7:30, you can hear Destiny Africa’s Children’s Choir from Uganda, bringing you Gospel and world music. at

At Scatz Restaurant and Lounge in Middletown, you can enjoy R&B music by Showtime this Friday. has details. That’s Scatz with a Z.
A book signing takes place this Friday at the Book Bower on Main Street in Middletown, featuring "Locus Amoenus" by Victoria N. Alexander, a dark comedy about a post 9/11 widow living in upstate New York.

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of WESU’s Imagine radio show airing on Thursdays, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown.

You can support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food while you’re at it! The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. The Clinton market is every Thursday from 4 to 7. Middletown’s North End farmers market is on Fridays from 10 to 2. There’s one in Higganum Village on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 and in Cromwell on Fridays from 4 to 7. Back down on the sore in Old Saybrook there are farmer’s markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester Farmer’s Market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long running Farmer’s Market at the South Green opens July 7th and will run on Tuesdays andThursdays through October. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for full details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of "The Yes Men Are Revolting," a documentary about an activist group taking on climate change. Also running is "The Wolfpack," a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary about brothers locked in a Lower East Side apartment who discover the world through movies. You can see both through tomorrow. On Friday they open "Charlie’s Country," about an aboriginal lost between the old and new cultures of northern Australia. Also opening is "Tangerines," a film about conflict caused by the 1992 Soviet Union breakup that takes place on an Estonian farm during harvest time. Both run through the weekend.

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its run of "The Last Waltz," a restored version of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 concert film of The Band’s farewell performance in San Francisco. On Friday they open "Woman in Gold," starring Helen Mirrin as an Austrian Jew tracking down works of art stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. It continues through the weekend. Details at
The Hartford Parks free Movies After Dark series is showing "The Sandlot" this Friday at Cal Ripkin Field in Hartford.

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Dub Revolution with Big Bent follows the Jive, with an international exploration of new and old roots, dub, raggae and more.

From 6-6:30 its Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D. where Guests discuss holistic approaches to the brain diseases we call mental illness, or share their stories of personal healing and achievement.

Fusion Radio with James Fusion follows from 6:30 to 8, with the best Techno mix on radio.

From 8 to 9:30 it’s The Warehouse with Mike Nyce, bringing you deep underground sounds mixed live for your
listening pleasure.

The Vault with DJ Anton Banks comes your way from 9:30 to 11, with hard techno, minimal, and leftfield mixed live. There’s exclusive music from international artists.

From 11 to 1 a.m. it’s The Dungeon with Executioner Snow, bringing you heavy metal, underground and gangsta rap from all eras, all the way up to recently-released material.

From 1 to 3 a.m. it’s All Mixed Up from Pacifica.
At 3, we’ll rebroadcast today’s session of Democracy Now, with Amy Goodman.

BBC World News follows at 4, and we start your day bright and early with Morning Edition from NPR at 5 a.m.
That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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